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Michael Burnett and Iron were one of two double clear in the $1,000Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. Photo Elizabeth Stein

Emma Sargent and No Fear. Photo Elizabeth Stein

Doug Boyd and Relfection won the 1.25m jumper class. Photo Andrew Ryback

Jennifer Alfano and Candid were shining stars in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Equifest I.

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Michael Burnett and Iron Claim the Blue in the $1,000 Junior/AO Jumper Classic

Written by: Brenda Mueller
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2015-07-24

Wayne, IL - July 24, 2015 - Competition in the SmartPak Grand Prix arena continued today with the $1000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. The course, designed by Mark Esparza, tested all contenders with only two riders going double clear.

Michael Burnett aboard his 12-year-old partner, Iron, with a jump-off time of 35.377, and Emma Sargent aboard her No Fear with a jump-off time of 39.654 were the two double clear rounds.

Burnett was the first rider in the ring and led the class the whole way through. Burnette is not new to being on top in the ribbons, having won the $15,000 Grand Prix at the Lake St. Louis Winter Festival this past January, and many top grand prix finishes since then.

“I gave him about six weeks off. He came out so nice today because I had my coach, Richard [Rinehart], who was able to really help me with him.”

In terms of strategy, Burnett wanted to stay in control.

“I just walked the jump-off like normal. I didn’t want to go to out of control, I just wanted a quick normal jump-off.”

The theme continued with Sargent who was able to watch Burnett’s ride and alter her plan to go clean.

“My horse is really simple. I was able to watch the first one go and my trainer Donald [Cheska] said ‘don’t go that fast,” Sargent joked. “He’s kind of a tricky horse, he can get nervous when you go too fast, we wanted to go clean and tidy instead.”

The third place finish went to Annie Bolling aboard Casseur with 39.538 seconds but an unfortunate four faults and Caelinn Leahy aboard Esquilino Bay took fourth.

Douglas Boyd, head trainer and manager of Sapphire Riding Academy in Mettawa, IL, had a winning morning in the 1.25m and 1.35m jumpers.  In the 1.25m class, Boyd was last into the ring aboard Reflection, and had a double clear ride with 32.672 on the clock.

“With Reflection, I just let him go for it.  He’s a well-seasoned, well oiled machine. I just sort of guide him. I give him all the credit,” said Boyd on his 18-year-old partner who he has only had about eight months.

In the 1.35m jumpers, Boyd rode Berkley III to the victory. This horse is a new ride for Boyd, who only just purchased the 8-year-old this January. They cleared the jump-off course in a speedy 37.445.

“He requires a big jump to keep his attention. He’s a hot horse I’ve worked really hard to settle him down, and he’s progressed really well,” Boyd added.

In the 1.20m, Holly Shepherd took the blue with HJ Platinum and in the 1.30m Carolina Villanueva aboard O.M.S. Checkers 5 took home the bacon.

Equifest I competition continues with the $75,000 Grand Prix on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The two-week Equifest Show Series at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, runs July 22-26, 2015 and July 28- August 2, 2015 and is a USEF Premier rated show. Week two is a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) rated event offering a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a  $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Both weeks of Equifest offer top prize money, classics and Pre-Green incentive classes for hunters.

In addition, the premium show is a USHJA 2014 Member's Choice Award Winning Horse Show, rated by its members as an exhibitor friendly show and facility. Managed by Allen Rheinheimer, the show also offers a $75,000 Grand Prix and a $25,000 Welcome Stake week one with a $50,000 Grand Prix and a $30,000 Jumper Derby week two.

For more information visit For complete show results go to


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